June 10, 2016

W. P. Carey School Offers a Summer Program to Engage Young People in Business and Help Them Rise above Their Circumstances

Unique Program is designed to inspire underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students interested in business

The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is offering a unique opportunity for high school students to experience what it is really like to attend one of the top business schools in the nation for a week free of charge. The Fleischer Scholars Program provides deserving juniors who will be graduating from Arizona high schools in 2017 a great opportunity to experience college life, entrepreneurship, and business during a challenging residential program.

The Fleischer Scholars Program is tailored to engage economically disadvantaged Arizona high school students who are interested in pursuing business as a career. The program seeks to start on a path to learning motivated youths who otherwise may lack the necessary resources and support needed to succeed.

This year, about 50 high school students from across the state will participate in one of two sessions: June 13-17 and July 11-15. The students will stay with supervising mentors in Barrett, the Honors College on ASU's Tempe campus, while learning business skills and preparing for college. Working outside the traditional classroom model, the sessions will actively engage students in projects that will include developing business ideas, learning business etiquette, creating a business model, and taking part in a final mock "shark tank" presentation competition, where they will pitch their business ideas to W. P. Carey faculty.

"The transition to a rigorous business college can be an adjustment for students. The Fleischer Scholars Program is specifically designed to help those who might not otherwise be exposed to college to live on campus and get a sense of what it is like," says Amy Hillman, dean of the W. P. Carey School, which has an undergraduate business program ranked Top 30 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

The program, available only to high school students who have just completed their junior year, also allows students to connect directly with current W. P. Carey school students, faculty members and local business leaders. They will also learn about resume writing, college study skills, university application tips, financial aid and other important information.

"The Fleischer Scholars Program has given me an incredible amount of opportunity. Most importantly, I was able to meet W. P. Carey staff throughout the program, and stay in touch with my mentors who now help me as a student within the W. P. Carey School of Business," says Samuel De La Ossa, a former Fleischer Scholar who will be this year's lead mentor. "My goal is to see the students leave feeling much more confident about college and also understanding the process. This program is important because it provides high school students with the resources to prepare them to attend college, and allows them to meet students and mentors who already have that experience."

All of the program's costs are donated by local entrepreneur Mort Fleischer and his wife, ASU graduate Donna Fleischer. They hope to educate young people about the boundless opportunities and achievements that the United States and freedom provide.

"I actually believe that we will never achieve the American dream until we figure out how to get people who are less privilege economically into the mainstream of this country," says Mort Fleischer. "Through this program, we hope some of these students will add to the legacy that American entrepreneurs and business people have accomplished."

A video showcasing the Fleischer Scholars program can be found here. Information about all W. P. Carey School summer programs can be found at wpcarey.asu.edu/summerprograms.